You Are Not Alone.

"Learning to live with cancer is an art, not a science. Each person must find his
                     own way in his own style. What is important to realize is that a way can be found
                     regardless of the circumstances and prospects....."
                         Jane E. Brody, author of "You Can Fight Cancer and Win"

Ovarian cancer has a powerful and lasting impact on patients, family, and loved ones.  There are both complex physical and emotional challenges involved with the onset of this disease.  In addition to having to deal with the cancer itself-- a condition that invokes images of pain, suffering, and death-- women with ovarian cancer also have to deal with the psychological impacts of facing a disease of the reproductive organs.  It is the ovaries, with their hormones and eggs, that define feminity and fertility.  Removal of the ovaries prevents conceiving, and if the patient is not already menapausal, leads to instantaneous menapause with all its potential mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, reduced sex drive, and loss of fertility.  Many will also have to deal with the impact of a poor prognosis.  76% of all cases of ovarian cancer are found after the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries.  In addition, fewer than 20 % of women diagnosed survive for 5 years.  All of these factors often lead to anxiety, depression, and loss of hope.  The following survival stories, tips for daily living, and links to support groups are designed to help those effected realize that you are not alone in their struggle.  If you have been diaagnosed with ovarian cancer, you need to know that what you are feeling is normal and that there is help available.

    Personal Stories
                                                                                    The story of:
                                                                                            Susan Levitt

                                                                                                        Judy Morris
                                                                                                                                  Linda Sharp
                                                                                                                                  Enid Vasquez
                                                                                                                                  Teri's Sister
                                                                                                                                  Jo Ann Schmitz

Tips for Daily Living

The following tips come from the experiences of survivors in the American Cancer Society's "I Can Cope" program. They are adapted from ideas appearing in a book, I Can Cope-Staying Healthy With Cancer, coauthored by the program's cofounder, Judi Johnson.


To find out about support groups in your area:

Contact Your local Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.
Contact Your local office of the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Contact Your hospital social services department.

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